Jack Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: JAK (key)

Origin of the name Jack:

Originally a pet form of John (God is gracious) and Jackson (son of Jack), Jack is now often be-stowed as an independent given name. Pet: Jackie, Jacky.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Jackie, Jackson, Jake, Jax, John, Jacky

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Jacky, Jack-Jack, Jack-O-Lantern, Captain Jack, Jax/Jacks, Jackson, Jay

Meanings and history of the name Jack

Meanings of the name "Jack".


God is gracious.

God is gracious. Fact: During the Middle Ages, Jack was so common that it was used as a general term for 'man' or 'boy'.


Supplanter; Jack could be derivated from the french name Jacques.

Famous real-life people named Jack

Jack Gleeson, Irish actor best known for his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon in HBO's Game of Thrones
Jack Barakat -- guitarist for American pop punk band All Time Low.
Jack Paar -- American comedian, host of "The Tonight Show" before Johnny Carson
Jack Nicholson -- American movie actor
John "Jack" Fitzgerald Kennedy -- Former U.S. President
Jack Kirby -- Comic book artist (co-creator of Capt. America, the Fantastic Four)
Jack Johnson -- Singer
Jack Falahee -- American actor
Jack Paris Brinkley Cook -- Son of Christy Brinkley and former husband Richard Taubman
Jack Montgomery McDermott -- Son of Dean McDermott and former wife Mary Jo Eustace
Jack Black -- American actor
Jack Fowler -- Guitarist for "Sleeping With Sirens" an American post-hardcore band
Grace, Lila Addison and Ryan Elizabeth.
Jack Patillo, Achievement Hunter
Jack Pratt, son of actor Chris Pratt
Jack Eichel, professional ice hockey player (Buffalo Sabres)
Jack Pratt (b. 2012), son of American actress and producer Anna Faris and American actor Chris Pratt
Jack Adam Dykstra (b. 2018), son of American actress and singer Jamie-Lynn Sigler, brother to Beau Kyle
Jack Griffo, Nickelodeon TV Star
Jack Avery, A Singer in the boyband Why Don’t we

Jack in song, story & screen

Captain Jack Sparrow -- Character in Disney's "Pirates of the Carribean" movies
Captain Jack Harkness, character in the BBC's "Doctor Who" and its spinoff "Torchwood"
"Captain Jack," song by Billy Joel
"Jack Straw," song by Grateful Dead
Jack Dawson, male lead played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film "Titanic"
"Jack and Jill," "Jack Sprat," Mother Goose rhymes
Jack Burnett, the cousin and best friend of Aaron Burnett, character in the book series "The Medallion of Franzek" by the Argentine writer Canela Lopez Fassón
Jack Dawkins, aka the Artful Dodger in Dickens' "Oliver Twist"
Jack Bauer -- Main protagonist in the FOX television series "24," portrayed by actor Kiefer Sutherland.
Jack Shephard, main character on "Lost," played by Matthew Fox
"Little Jack Horner," nursery rhyme
Jack and the Beanstalk," fairy tale
"Jack be Nimble," nursery rhyme
Jack McFarland, from the TV show "Will & Grace"
Jack Sawyer, from the book "The Talisman" by Stephen King
Jack Bristow, from the TV show "Alias"
Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare before Christmas"
Jack O'Neill from "Stargate: SG-1," played by Richard Dean Anderson
Jack Abbott, character on "Young and the Restless"
Jack Jackson, hero from the novel "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett
Jack, a feline character from Oggy and Cockroaches who is Oggy's short-tempered, violent & arrogant cousin.
Jack (Jackson) Swift, warrior and main character of "Warrior Heir" by Cinda Williams Chima
Jack Hotchner -- character in the CBS crime drama "Criminal Minds". He is the son of character Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner.
Jack Hodgins, a character on the hit FOX TV show "Bones"
Jack Reacher, protagonist in all Lee Child novels
Special Agent Jack (Jackson) Hudson, F.B.I. agent / unit leader from the TV series "Sue Thomas F.B.Eye"
Jack Tripper- character played by John Ripper on "Three's Company"
Jack, A robot character from Tekken games
John "Jack" Malone -- Character in the CBS crime drama "Without a Trace", portrayed by actor Anthony LaPaglia.
Jack Frost
Jack Donaghy is one of the main characters on the show "30 Rock"
Jack Russell - Werewolf by Night in the Marvel comics
Jack Hammer, Weasel from the Deadpool Comics and the Deadpool movie
Detective Inspector Jack (John) Robinson from the Australian television series "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries"
Jack Kline - Supernatural - The adopted son of Castiel. (Played by Alexander Calvert)
Jack Kelly, from the Newsies

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